What’s Happening for Oct. 17


Free Medicare presentation: Are you new to Medicare or do you have questions about Medicare’s open enrollment period? Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors will provide free and confidential help with Medicare choices from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. No registration necessary. Information: 360-586-6181 ext. 134.

Job fair for vets: DAV and RecruitMilitary will host a veterans job fair 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s American Lake Conference Center. This free event for veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, National Guard members and reservists features employers ready to hire. Information: success.recruitmilitary.com.

Ballot talk with Thurston County Republicans: Thurston County Republicans will host a discussion of November ballot initiatives’ impact on civil rights 6-8:30 p.m. at the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, in Building 1, Room 152. Guest speaker will be State Rep. James Walsh. Event is free and open to the public.

KUOW tour comes to Olympia: KUOW’s “Week in Review” is on tour and will record at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia, from 7-9 p.m. The all-ages show is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required at KUOW.org/events. Host Bill Radke will be joined by Rachel La Corte, state capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, and more guests.

Neighborhood associations candidate forum: Olympia Council of Neighborhood Associations will host a candidate forum 7-8:30 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School, 325 Plymouth St. NW, Olympia, with all the candidates for mayor and City Council. Questions were solicited from residents in September. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Information: www.olympianeighborhoods.org.

Business group candidate forum: West Olympia Business Association will host a City Council candidate forum at 12 p.m. in the new Capital Mall Onespace, 625 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia. Each candidate will have time for opening remarks and to respond to questions and meet with attendees. Event is free and open to the public. The West Olympia Business Association is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization.

Historic Tumwater cemeteries: Did you know that Tumwater’s historic cemetery at Cleveland Avenue and North Street is actually four cemeteries? Tumwater Historical Association board members will discuss the history 5-6 p.m. at the Tumwater First Baptist Church, 405 X St., Tumwater. Audience members will learn about each of the four sites and some of the many people interred there.

Annual Bridge community reception: The Bridge Music Project’s third annual community reception will support the group’s efforts to empower youth through music, 6-9 p.m. at The Hub at Lacey, 676 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey. Members of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra will join youth from The Bridge for a brief performance. Connie Phegley and Kenny Pugh of Old School Pizza will be honored with The Bridge Community Partner of the Year Award. Free, donations accepted. Tickets and information: facebook.com/TheBridgeMusicProject.


Opioids and the workforce forum: Join the Thurston Asset Building Coalition for a forum on opioid use reduction and recovery with keynote speaker Dominique Davis, founder and CEO of Community Passageways in Settle. Take a deeper look at the opioid crisis and its impact on employers and the workforce from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at SPSCC Lacey Campus, 4220 Sixth Ave. SE, Lacey. Registration is $10-$25 at thurstonabc.org/events. Scholarships available.

100 new trees on the Capitol Campus: To celebrate Urban and Community Forestry Month, the state’s departments of Enterprise Services and Natural Resources are partnering to plant 100 new trees on the Capitol Campus between October and April. The state agencies will kick off their tree planting efforts at an event 12 p.m. at the corner of Capitol Way and Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia.


Orca Recovery Day: Volunteers will be removing invasive weeds and installing native plants along the shoreline from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at West Bay Park, 700 West Bay Drive NW, Olympia, in honor of Orca Recovery Day, hosted by Thurston Conservation District. It’s one of about 80 events that will bring thousands of people together to work on habitat restoration projects to benefit endangered orcas. Sign up at tinyurl.com/TCDvolunteer.

Baha’i Faith film screening: The Olympia Baha’i Community will host a free showing of “The Gate, Dawn of the Baha’i Faith,” at 2 p.m. at Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. The film commemorates the bicentenary birthdays of The Bab and Bahaullah, founders of the Baha’i Faith.

Senior Services fundraiser: Brunch and silent auction fundraiser will benefit Senior Services for South Sound from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Eileen Mckenzie Sullivan, Inge Marcus and Elsa McLain will be honored for having made a lasting difference in our senior community. Tickets are $75 at www.SouthSoundSeniors.org, at the Olympia and Lacey senior centers or by calling 360-586-6181.

Free quartet concert: The Liberty Quartet of Meridian, Idaho, will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. at First Christian Church Chehalis, 111 NW Prindle St., Chehalis. Open to the public.

Deschutes Estuary fundraiser: Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a live auction fundraiser with State Rep. Beth Doglio, food catered by Nineveh Assyrian, silent auction with local goods and live music by the Lumen. 6-10 p.m. at South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater Kinney Road NE, Olympia. Tickets: $40 or $75 for two in advance at deschutesestuary.org, $50 at the door.


Free quartet concert: Liberty Quartet of Meridian, Idaho, will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. at Mt. View Church Of The Nazarene, 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater. Open to the public.

Historic homes and author tour: Visit historic homes in Tumwater and stock up on books for the holidays. From 1-4 p.m., than than a dozen local authors will be on hand to sell and sign their books: Gary Ritchie, Dennis Larsen, Lauren Danner, John Dodge, Drew Crooks, Jennifer Crooks, Deb Ross, David Scherer Water, Maria Mudd Ruth, Ned Hayes, Alec Clayton, Christian Carvajal and Laura Swan. Authors will be stationed at the Crosby House at 702 Deschutes Way SW, Brewmaster’s House at 602 Deschutes Way SW, and the Schmidt House at 330 Schmidt Place SW. Selected authors will also give brief talks at the Schmidt House at 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. and at the Brewmaster’s House at 2:30 and 3 p.m. Admission is free, donations will be accepted. Information: karen@olytumfoundation.org or 360-890-2299. Sponsored by the city of Tumwater and the Olympia Tumwater Foundation.


Courthouse public hearing: Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed property tax increase to fund a new courthouse and county office complex. Voters will be asked to approve the plan in an April 2020 special election. The public hearing will be 5:30 p.m. at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia. Information: thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/courthouse-civic-project.aspx

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